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Thursday, 09 July 2015 14:30

Ruckus uses 802.11ac for wireless bridge


The Ruckus ZoneFlex P300 bridge provides high performance over a range of 20km or more, the company claims.

The Ruckus ZoneFlex P300 wireless bridge features "Gigabit-class" bandwidth (up to a nominal 867 Mbps) for linking two or more locations.

The integrated directional technology and internal antennas provide "hundreds of megabits of performance at line of sight distances up to 8 kilometres, and over 20 kilometres with external antennas."

The internal dual-polarised antennas give 30 degrees of coverage. External antennas are needed if wider coverage is required for use with multiple receiving bridges.

One P300 can connect to up to 10 others, and VLANs are supported.

Ruckus says the P300 is designed specifically for high-density user environments such as school campuses, business parks, warehousing environments, urban centers, parks and other outdoor venues. The units are ruggedised for outdoor installation, are IP-67 rated, and have an operating range of -40 to 65 Celsius.

An early adopter of the P300 is the Lodi Unified School District in California.

"With some 50 schools spread across 300 square miles, our Ruckus Smart WiFi bridges have paid for themselves," said senior systems engineer Dan Maclise.

"We've been able to save thousands of dollars by avoiding monthly broadband costs at select sites where fibre connections just aren't feasible.

"The performance and reliability of these smart WiFi bridges effectively mirror traditional terrestrial lines, but at a fraction of the cost and complexity. It's been amazing."

The P300 costs $US1,195, or $US2,395 for a pre-provisioned pair.

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